Glacier Bay National Park

May 16, 2018 - National Geographic Sea Bird


The National Geographic Sea Bird arrived at the main dock in front of the Glacier Bay National Park lodge early on a crystal-clear spring day. Temperatures were quite cool but the skies were clear and we could see for miles! After the park service rangers and Tlingit interpreters boarded our vessel, we began our journey north up Tarr Inlet for a day exploring a small section of the national park’s 3.3 million acres. Throughout the day, Ranger Patrick and tribal member Joe Valle made several presentations, and also joined us on the bow as the Sea Bird cruised over a hundred miles round-trip within Tarr Inlet. We stopped at four tidewater glaciers, took a quick look at Tidal and Geikie Inlets, and spent time searching for wildlife on land. Along with mountain goats at Gloomy Knob, we also saw several brown bears and one very large black bear! We encountered several large rafts of sea otters, including mothers and babies, who continued to scoot out of the way as the Sea Bird maneuvered. After Recap and dinner, the Sea Bird positioned back to Bartlett Cove, and many of us enjoyed sunset walks. In the last light of day, we made our way through a newly formed coastal temperate rain forest, watching the sun set on the Fairweather Mountains on the west coast of Glacier Bay National Park.

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Sharon Grainger

Naturalist/Certified Photo Instructor

Sharon’s degrees in Psychology and Anthropology from Eastern Washington University have given her a good base to pursue her profession as a naturalist and photographer. With five generations of artists behind her, she has developed a portfolio of images covering many interests including indigenous cultures, ethnobotany, natural and cultural history. Photography gives voice and interpretation to her experience of the world. Spending many years with Native peoples has dramatically affected her attitude towards how and what she sees. She recognized, through these experiences, the diversity of peoples around the world. This began a lifelong curiosity about the variety of ways in which different cultures relate to each other and this planet.

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